Michaela angela Davis

Michaela angela Davis

 New York City, New York, USA

Michaela angela Davis is an expert speaker and writer on issues relating to urban style, race, gender, social politics and pop culture. She has a special gift of intimately connecting with young people, especially women, who identify themselves as members of the hip-hop generation. She has held executive editorial positions at Essence, Vibe and Honey magazines. Currently, in addition to frequent television appearances, (most recently Inaugural coverage for both TVOne and CNN/DL Hughley), she is


Michaela angela Davis has been exploring the power and beauty of urban style, women’s politics and hip-hop culture for over 15 years. Her journey began in 1991 at ESSENCE magazine, the legendary and largest magazine for African-American women, serving as assistant fashion editor. Her first assignment was styling Anita Hill, and the rest is, well, herstory. Next stop, the launch of Vibe, the premiere mainstream urban culture magazine, where she was the fashion director; after which, Davis’ styling career took off with speed and specialty. Davis lent her unique taste and image-making prowess to a host of artists and cultural icons, such as Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Prince, Diana Ross, Donald Trump, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, and Pink to name a few. She’s added “color” and her particular fashion flavor to numerous magazines like EW and Vanity Fair. Michaela was brought on as the expert style advisor to the urban cult classic film “Paid in Full”, regarded as this generations “Scarface”. Her writing and opinions seasoned as she penned fashion and culture commentary for international publications and books like Everything But The Burden: what white people are taking from black culture, (Broadway Books) edited by Greg Tate. She authored Beloved Baby (Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster), a scrapbook and journal for alternative families. That was the 90’s.

At the dawn of the new millennium Michaela returned to her first love-magazines-as fashion director and editor-in-chief of Honey, the first book for the globally trendsetting demographic, the 18-34 stylish Urban-American woman, aka the “Urbanista”. In 2004, Davis went back to basics to work under her mentor Susan L. Taylor at ESSENCE, as executive fashion and beauty editor, while directing the magazine’s CULTURE section. While at ESSENCE she was the spokeswoman for the groundbreaking initiative “TAKE BACK THE MUSIC” a multi-media campaign to bring awareness to the hyper-sexualized representation and lyrical disrespect of young women of color in mainstream media. She became a leader on the subject, speaking at prestigious campuses like Yale and Spellman, in addition to community institutions. Davis hosted a session at the 2005 Congressional Black Caucus and spoke at the first Young Feminist Summit as part of N.O.W.’s 50th anniversary. Michaela has gracefully and skillfully taken on both Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and has appeared several times on CNN. She’s a reoccurring critic on pop-culture TV specials on BBC, MTV, VH1 and BET. In 2006 and 2007, Davis co-produced the Essence Music Festival’s Empowerment Seminar Series (the largest African-American music festival). She also served as a speaker and/or moderator on the panels “Who You Calling a Ho? (2006) and “Sisters Take Issue with Our Images” (2007) to record audiences.

Michaela has been a frequent commentator and style expert on Metro TV and Women’s Entertainment Television’s Full Frontal Fashion and E! She hosted and co-produced a progressive internet-broadcast fashion news show The Rogue Fashion Report. She was commissioned as an expert advisor on Black Style Now! an exhibit and program at CMNY. Michaela co-produced and was wardrobe designer for a recent on-air style promo for VH1. In addition to frequent television appearances, (most recently Inaugural coverage for both TVOne and CNN/DL Hughley), she currently producing a documentary film and developing an “Urbanista” television show.

Michaela serves on the board of Black Girls Rock!, ImageNation and The Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. Born in Germany and raised in Washington, D.C., an artist at heart, Michaela studied acting at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a National Arts Scholar, NYU, Stella Adler Acting Conservatory, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Michaela currently and proudly resides in Brooklyn with her teenage “Urbanista” daughter Elenni.